Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, GBM, GBS, JP  (Chinese: 羅范椒芬; born 24 February 1953) is a former high-ranking civil servant of Hong Kong. She held the posts of Secretary for Education and Manpower (until 2002), Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower (until 2006). In late 2006, she was appointed Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun
|Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption|
31 October 2006 – 30 June 2007
|Preceded by||Raymond Wong|
|Succeeded by||Timothy Tong|
|Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower|
1 July 2002 – 31 October 2006
|Succeeded by||Raymond Wong|
|Secretary for Education and Manpower|
3 July 2000 – 30 June 2002
|Preceded by||Joseph Wong|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Li|
|Born||24 February 1953|
|Relations||Henry Fan (brother)|
|Alma mater||University of Hong Kong|
Chinese University of Hong Kong
|Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun|
Fanny Law resigned from the post following a government inquiry into interference with academic freedom at the Hong Kong Institute of Education while she was Permanent Secretary. However the Court of First Instance held that Law did not violate the institute's right to academic freedom when she contacted academics directly. The judicial review was allowed on 13 March 2009 but this did not affect the Commission's findings with regard to their terms of reference.
Law joined the Government as an Executive Officer in September 1975. She transferred to the Administrative Service in October 1977. Between February 1991 and April 1994, she served as Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service. Between April and November 1994, she was Deputy Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands. In November 1994, she was promoted to Senior Assistant Director and later Deputy Director, Housing Department. Law headed the Chief Executive's Office from January to July 1997; and was made Commissioner for Transport in August 1997. She was made Director of Education in November 1998, and secretary for education and manpower in 2000. The post became Permanent Secretary in 2002, because of former Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa's ministerial reforms. During the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests, National Public Radio reported, "Appearing on a local radio program, Fanny Law and Ip Kwok-him, who advise the Beijing-appointed government in Hong Kong, each offered qualified apologies for the bill. 'I'm willing [to say sorry] as I really thought at the time 99.9% of Hongkongers would not be affected by the bill,' Law said, according to The South China Morning Post."
Permanent Secretary for Education and ManpowerEdit
During her term of service, Law was responsible for large-scale reforms in education, Law was often criticized by educators who thought her ideas were out of touch with realities on the ground. Some of her public speeches also provoked controversies; teaching union representatives called for her resignation on several occasions.
In early January 2006, two teachers committed suicide, three other teachers' suicides in 2005 were blamed on job-related stress. Law rejected causal connections between the deaths by suicide of two teachers due to education reforms, saying: "If the prime reason [for the deaths] is education reforms, why have there been only two teachers who have committed suicide?" Her comments caused a furore among teachers and the public. She apologised on 10 January for her "inappropriate" remarks about the suicide of the two teachers. 7,500 – 15,000 teachers held a protest on 22 January against Law and the educational reforms. Raymond H.C. Wong was appointed to replace her.
Law resigned from her post at 20 June 2007 after the HKIEd probe accused her of interfering with academic freedom. However, the Court of First Instance held that Law did not violate the institute's right to academic freedom. The judicial review was allowed to take place on 13 March 2009.
Tung Wah Group of HospitalsEdit
In December 2008, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals announced Law's appointment as Chief Executive. She declined the post in February 2009, after the government barred her from working in education-related work until 2011. There are fears over potential conflicts of interest: this decision was linked to the public consultation on post-service employment of civil servants following the row over Leung Chin-man's appointment to a local property developer.
- "Executive Council of Hong Kong SAR". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- Scarlet Chiang (21 June 2007). "Li cleared of wrongdoing by HKIEd commission". The Standard. Hong Kong. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
- SJ v Commission of Inquiry, Re Hong Kong Institute of Education, HCAL 108/2007
- Albert Wong (30 October 2006). "Time to move on, says Law". The Standard. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
- "Hong Kong Leaders Apologize For Extradition Bill As They Brace For More Protests". NPR.org. Archived from the original on 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
Appearing on a local radio program, Fanny Law and Ip Kwok-him, who advise the Beijing-appointed government in Hong Kong, each offered qualified apologies for the bill. "I'm willing [to say sorry] as I really thought at the time 99.9% of Hongkongers would not be affected by the bill," Law said, according to The South China Morning Post.
- Winnie Chong (10 January 2006). "Work pressure pushing teachers over the edge". The Standard. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
- Winnie Chong (11 January 2006). "Education chief sorry over suicide remarks". The Standard. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
- Fanny Fung (26 February 2009). "Ban sees Fanny Law give up Tung Wah post". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. pp. A6.
| Director of Education
| Secretary for Education and Manpower
as Secretary for Economic Development and Labour
| Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption
|Order of precedence|
Secretary for Education
| Hong Kong order of precedence
Non-official member of the Executive Council
Secretary for the Environment